AC Milan have rejected a €2 million (£1.7 million) offer from Manchester City for highly-rated goalkeeper Alessandro Plizzari, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
16-year-old Plizzari, an Italy under-19 international, is already in Milan’s first-team squad as the third-choice goalkeeper, but faces a complicated road ahead being behind the phenomenon that is Gianluigi Donnarumma, himself only 17 years of age.
City have also been linked with a move for Donnarumma in recent months, but it is reported that Milan are going to spare no expense to keep a player considered one of the best goalkeeping prospects in years.
This could make Plizzari consider a move away from the San Siro, but Milan chief Adriano Galliani is in no mood to give the teenager away easily and has rejected City’s first bid.
The Premier League club may return with a second offer soon and if the price is right, Plizzari could well move to the Etihad with his chances of overtaking Donnarumma looking slim.